Housewife turns pickup truck driver delivering fish fry


Compiled by DIYANA PFORDTEN, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

FACED with dwindling household income due to Covid-19, a housewife from Teluk Intan, Perak, took up a job as a pickup truck driver delivering fish fry across the country, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Since May this year, Chen Mei Ling, who has never used GPS navigation in her life, has driven more than several thousand kilometres delivering freshwater fish fry from a hatchery in her hometown to breeding centres in Johor, Selangor and Pahang.

Chen, 50, said she had never imagined that she would one day become a pickup truck driver.

“I used to sew embroidery. But orders stopped at the beginning of the movement control order (MCO), badly affecting my income.

“The owner of a hatchery nearby suggested that I help him make deliveries. I thought I wasn’t suited for the job as it requires long-distance driving and I don’t know the roads well, ” she said.

With encouragement from the owner and her family, Chen decided to give it a try. She felt scared at first but with each successful trip, her confidence grew.

“I’ve overcome so many challenges since and I now know I’m capable of doing the job, ” she said.



> The daily also reported that a man from China who had embarked on a worldwide road trip after ending a long relationship with his girlfriend has found love in Malaysia.

Fan Yuhu, 50, a video director in the advertising industry, spent four years travelling across 77 countries in Europe, northern and southern America, Africa and Asia in his van.

He was stuck in Malaysia from March when the pandemic hit and the MCO began. What was supposed to be a five-day stopover turned into eight months as borders around South-East Asia closed.

Fan did not expect romance to blossom during his prolonged stay when he met 30-year-old Zhu Xinyi from Johor Baru.

Zhu, who had just returned to Malaysia after leaving her job in the Philippines, took up Fan’s offer when he posted an online ad looking for a travelling companion to help him take photos for his book.

They soon fell in love during their road trip and decided to get hitched after dating for two months.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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